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Common Obstacles in Your Health Career Journey and How to Overcome Them

A few weeks ago I spoke with a recently graduated student who was discouraged and confused in his health career path. This student said that he wanted to work internationally—possibly through business, or maybe policy. But when I asked him why, he couldn’t give me a single good reason. We backtracked for a while and he finally told me his story. He had always been interested in public health and as he moved through undergrad, he became increasingly…

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Added by Alivia Shorter on May 4, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

National Public Health Week--What Can You Do NOW?

In our first post about National Public Health Week on Monday, we promised a follow up full of public health resources to provide you with actual steps you can take today to be a part of the national public health conversation.…

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Added by Alivia Shorter on April 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

What is National Public Health Week?

It seems like there’s a week for everything, doesn’t it? So what’s the big deal about National Public Health Week? 

National Public Health Week happens the first full week of April every year to raise awareness about public health and prevention. …

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Added by Alivia Shorter on April 6, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Guest Blog: What Employers Look For in Recent Graduates

Please help MyHCN welcome this week's guest blogger, Amy Klimek of ZipRecruiter.

What Employers Look for in Recent Graduates

Whether you will graduate soon and are anxious to land your coveted first job or have recently graduated and are still navigating the health job market, understanding what employers…

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Added by MyHCN Administrator on March 13, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Tips and Advice for a Successful Interview

As summer internship applications begin drawing to a close (but not all of them—there’s still some time to apply!), you may have started thinking about the next stage of the application process: interviews. Interviews can seem daunting, and as we are also quickly surging into the job search season, we have compiled a list of tips to have you ready and confident for…

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Added by Alivia Shorter on February 26, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

This Year, Create Your Future

Happy New Year!

As we surge into 2015, many of you are making New Year’s Resolutions and plans for the future. It’s easy to get caught up in the glamour of resolutions at the beginning of a new year--or to brush off New Year’s resolutions as pointless--without realizing that with hard work and some directed steps, they are useful and can get you to places you want to be. Whether you’re making a resolution on New Year’s Day,…

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Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on January 12, 2015 at 1:12pm — No Comments

The GRE: What to Do if Your Scores Are Not Where You Want Them

I often encounter students who have the grades, experience, and other strengths to be competitive applicants for graduate programs but are concerned about their GRE or other standardized test scores.  They ask: “How important is the GRE?”, “Are my scores good enough?” or “What do I do about my low scores?”

The answers vary by school and program. Many are reducing the importance of GRE scores because they don’t believe it is an…

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Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on December 4, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments

Grad School Season: 5 Steps to a Stronger Application

Mindy graduated from Cal State East Bay two years ago with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. She wanted to get experience before going to med school, so she immediately started looking for jobs. After spending a difficult three months post graduation searching relentlessly and without much luck for a job, she came close to applying to med school simply because she was disheartened and discouraged and wanted desperately to have a plan--even if it meant…

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Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on October 2, 2014 at 8:22am — No Comments

Guest Blog: Helping You Identify Your Career Direction and Leadership Skills

This week, MyHCN is honored to welcome Dr. Elayne Chou as a guest blogger to talk about the importance of career assessments in both your career and your life. In our 9-step Framework, Assessment & Discovery comes in at Step Two in finding your authentic career (and life) path.  After Exposing yourself to the health careers out there, it is absolutely vital to pause and assess yourself, your goals, your interests and your talents in order to find…

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Added by MyHCN Administrator on September 22, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Guest Blog: Social Media, Networking at Your Fingertips

Please help MyHCN welcome Carly Dell, this week's guest blogger.

Social Media: Networking at Your Fingertips

Social media has revolutionized the way today’s professionals network. Between Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, there is a large social media community built around health care topics, issues, and jobs. Whether you are looking for a…

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Added by MyHCN Administrator on September 15, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

You're Back In School. Now What?

Not only did you fill your summer with long productive days on the internship grind, but you were proactive. You made a plan, made connections, and really made your internship count. Now that summer is over and you’re back in school, it might feel like your career journey is heading into a long academic-focused lull. 

Or maybe you didn’t spend your summer in an internship. Maybe you…

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Added by Alivia Shorter on September 8, 2014 at 4:27pm — No Comments

I Am Public Health: Discover YOUR Authentic Career in Public Health

"What can I do with a degree in public health?"

I am asked this question almost every day. If you are pursuing a career in public health, you probably already know that there are countless directions you can take, but you might not know quite how interdisciplinary jobs in public health can be. You may also not be aware of the wide range of emerging options.

There are many…

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Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on September 3, 2014 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment

Guest Blog: Pursuing a Career in Public Health and Medicine II (Janet's Story)

This week, MyHCN welcomes Janet Chu, giving her perspective on pursuing both public health AND medicine. 

“Why did you want to pursue a Masters in Public Health?”

Having recently started my Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Berkeley, I have been asked this question many times in the last few weeks. Even as I heard myself reiterating excerpts from my personal statement, I…

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Added by MyHCN Administrator on July 23, 2014 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Guest Blog: Pursuing a Career in Public Health and Medicine (Noelle's Story)

Our thanks to this week's guest blogger, Noelle Pineda. This is her story. 

Public health or medicine? Public health and medicine? Public health then medicine? Medicine then public health? 

Four years…

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Added by MyHCN Administrator on July 14, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Making the Most of Your Internship

Summer is here. Long days by the pool, weeks on family vacations, endless barbecued nights. And more work? Maybe. Many of you are jumping into summer internships and realizing that sacrificing a few of those beach days for the benefits of an internship is one of the best decisions you could have made. 

Our blog in February, “…

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Added by Alivia Shorter on July 8, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Mindset: Learn How to Approach Challenges in Your Health Career and Life

Remember Jane from our last blog? I told you about her journey through college, her challenges and struggles with O chem, jobs, and the GRE. I told you how she ended up in a job in public health that exceeded her expectations. I told you it was because she has resiliency and mental strength. But I didn’t tell you another vital key to…

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Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on June 25, 2014 at 11:10am — No Comments

Mental Strength to Help Your Health Career

A barely passing test grade. Frustrated, Jane shoves the test into her backpack and hurries out of class. O chem. She’d never gotten below a B before this class, and now, carting home C-graded tests is the norm. Two years later, Jane will have her BS in biology. And for the first time in her life, she will get rejected from the job she applied for and felt confident she would get. She will decide to take the GRE and go to grad school, and when she sees her score, it…

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Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on June 3, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week (NPHW) starts today!

During the first week of April every year the American Public Health Association (APHA) asks students, public health professionals, and communities to observe National Public Health Week to highlight the work that is being done across the country and campaign for health and health improvement.…

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Added by Alivia Shorter on April 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

EVENTS: Health Career Planning Workshop and Job Search Webinars

No matter where you are in your educational and career path—in college, in the job market, or seeking advancement—there are important steps you can take now to increase your preparation and competitiveness. You never know when an opportunity will come your way, so why not plan now?

We will be hosting several upcoming events to help you do just that.…

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Added by Jeffrey Oxendine on February 26, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Changing the Health Mindset

I attended Health Career Connection‘s alumni conference in Berkeley a few weekends ago and was so inspired by all of the amazing work my colleagues are doing.

My peers are at the forefront of a changing landscape, leading public health initiatives and lowering health disparities.

It’s a wonderful time to be working in the healthcare industry, as it finally feels like the tide has turned. The health mindset in America is shifting from…

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Added by Stanley Quan on February 7, 2014 at 9:39am — No Comments

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